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September 28, 1998|MARTIN MILLER

Music has charms to soothe the savage beast. According to a new survey, it also has charms to rev up your next workout too. Women who listened to music--ranging from Puff Daddy to Pavarotti--worked out 25% longer on treadmills than those who didn't, according to a survey conducted by Springfield College in Massachusetts. Music's energizing effect works for lifting weights and running too, according to the survey, so get out those headphones.

Alternative U

You don't have to go to Venice Beach anymore to learn about alternative medicine. About 64% of America's medical schools offer courses that include alternative medical topics such as acupuncture, and chiropractic and herbal therapies, according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Medical schools are responding to an explosion in interest that has seen one in three adults use alternative medicine. The article concludes that patients are still looking for a traditional physician, but one who is also knowledgeable about alternative treatments.

Cat Bites Man

About 4.7 million Americans are bitten each year by a dog. But kitty has teeth too and apparently will use them on occasion. Some 400,000 people each year, a majority of them women, are chomped on by a cat, according to an article in Harvard Men's Health Watch. Cat bites are not to be taken lightly; in fact, they are two to three times more likely to become infected than dog bites. As with other animal bites, cat bites should be washed promptly and thoroughly. More serious wounds should receive medical attention within four to six hours of the bite.

Man Bites Man

Sometimes, it's better to live alone with a cat. More serious than any cat (or dog) bite are ones delivered by a so-called human being, according to an article in the Harvard Men's Health Watch. Although no statistics were available, the article said the injuries are surprisingly common. Most human bites are intentionally inflicted on the face, neck, hands or arms during a fight. Human bites should receive immediate medical attention since the human mouth is teeming with bacteria.

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